A New York Times investigative article based on two dozen interviews with industry insiders and confidential Obama Administration documents reveals that the catastrophic $500 million Obamacare rollout "has deeply embarrassed the White House" and has the technology companies involved "publicly distancing themselves" from the Obamacare fiasco. "These are not glitches. The extent of the problems is pretty enormous," an insurance executive who participated in Obamacare conference calls told the Times. "At the end of our calls, people say, ´It´s awful, just awful.´" The Times says those closest to the three-and-a-half year-long building of Obamacare, like embattled Health and Human Services
Comments: I don´t believe they´re embarrassed. They just don´t care.
It´s like The Wizard of Oz...don´t look behind the curtain. They probably took $499 million of that $500 million and blew it on other stuff, and gave $1K to some IT college kid to set up the website. All smoke & mirrors...all just an illusion of something to help people. I am beginning to think it is all on purpose to bring about single payer.
Obama and his team are learning that while promises, bluster and BS work fine with LoFo´s, media and Congresscritters; software and IT remains unimpressed with these things, and will still not work without proper design, execution, testing and training.
Planned chaos is the way Chicago on the Potomac operates. They know no other way to Fundamentally Transform the country into a Marxist/communist Utopia. Truth would never get them as far as the Big Lies have gotten them.
Actually, the lefty-statist 0bama WH is never, ´´embarrassed,´´ as evidenced by its, ´let them eat cake,´ dem attitude. The dem pols could care less about the distress their policies are causing the American people. Their oaths mean nothing to them as their radical policies continue their long trail of demonstrable devastation.
The dem pols, ´talk the talk BUT they don´t walk the walk!´ ...Check it out.
You didn´t build those thousands of successful sites out there - people who know how to do more than B.S. built them.
Looks what happens when a bunch of overeducated idealogues actually try to compete with real people. It ain´t pretty. They can´t even manage a project they had over 3 years to complete with an almost unlimited supply of other people´s money.
The NYT has already has already blamed Republicans for Obamacare´s failure to cover minorities and women in states where feds provide the exchanges. When it all fails big time, and they finally admit it, say hello to the push for the Value Added Tax enroute to Single Payer.
How much of the $600 million plus made its way to Obama´s friends? And is that all that was spent? Full accounting. No other IT company spends that kind of money with so little to show. Especially when they already had some of this done as they were doing similar work in Canada. Code was already written. So what was the money spent on? They´re spinning "embarrassed" to forestall answering tougher queries. I wonder if this company made any Green Energy investments???
But the community organizer who would be KING knows everything about everything! He was going to stop the ocean from rising, no? This crowd has only one interest: Control. One way or another, if he is not opposed, the communist will have his way - single payer (everybody on Medicaid) and equalization of misery for fairness sake... It worked real well in the USSR, comrade.
I throw this against the wall as a devil´s advocate theory. What if Obama did this faulty roll out on purpose. After a few weeks or months the website is fixed and people are at least happier than they were before.
Even though the premiums are still too high the program is working and complaints are down.
Are we being played again or I am I just giving too much credit for Obama being clever?
Most government agencies whether federal or local insist upon comtetitive bidding. Except for the Department of FUBU. As Rush says over and over, the LoFo people will never attribute this horror to The Won.
Obama gave a no bid contract to a Democrat donor so that person´s intelligence was suspect from the get go. The government is not in any way capable of successfully managing a project of this magnitude. Name something that they effectively manage. This is not shocking to anybody but the media and the other liberal sheep who think all the smart people are government employees.
This is always about money. I can´t remember the name of the park, but the Chicago Sun Times did several exposes on it.
When a Illinois State Senator, Obama promised to raise $100,000 for a park (in Englewood?)and he would see that a park was built (for the "people," don cha know?). A guy named Marin, I think, was hired to do the grading, can´t remember the name of the "contractors" who built the gazebo. Land was given to them. The gazebo was so badly done, it was laughable. They were paid $8500 to build it. A friend of ours had put up one -the same or really similar. Less than $2000 from Home Depot.
At one point the "contractors" claimed they had installed irrigation to explain the costs. Sun Times checked, no irrigation anywhere) Tried to blame it on the Marin guy. Sun Times found him. He was paid $3000.
Total? $11,500. Out of the money "raised" directly by Barack Obama. Where did the rest of it go?
It was pretty much the only thing Obama did as a state senator. Abject failure, waste of huge amounts of money. (Sound familiar?)
No, the NYT is the embarrassment of this great nation because its spewing forth of leftist propaganda continues to enable the gross mistake from Indonesia to operate with impunity in the WH! As the WWII vets stormed the barrycades in DC and dumped them at the WHouse, we the people under the media tyranny should storm the outlets of the MSM across this nation and dump their remains at the gates of the WH.
Hmmm. It certainly has nothing to do with Barry´s vast, executive experience. It may just be that Barry likes to surround himself with people who act stupidly. Then again, the website´s failures could be a deliberate ploy by Barry to point to the private sector and say, ´´You didn´t build that!´´
Before retirement, I worked for a large engineering com. Our average high-Engineer (excellent and very talented) salary was about $75.00 an hour. Øbamacare specialits could have used 1500 of these types but as software guys 5 days a week for 3 years! Fully paid, $154,000.00 a year! Imagine that work force, that level of talent? And the thing is an unmitigated disaster?! It´s not the software, guys- it´s the baby itself that´s a disaster. Typical liberal unworakable plan with all kinds of unforseen consequinces.
You think? Liberal and radical publications like the Times, Washington Post, and the liberal air heads who work and reside there, should be the ones who are the most embarrassed. They know the people who are at the heart of this administration are incompetent ideologues from top to bottom, and still you support them.
Most of them are continually caught time after time lying their heads off and none of their theology works in the real world. Still you continue to support them against all sensible odds. Has the idea ever crept into your minds, that when their takeover is complete, you will be the first segment of our society they will completely take over.
Of course that would take some foresight, something that liberal publications somehow lack and think won´t happen to them. As far as the White House being embarrassed, nothing bothers evil people.
Your hero FDR thought Stalin was a good Joe too. How did that work out for you, and the millions of dead and repressed people later.
The other day i saw a video clip of Obama campaigning in 2008 in Virginia, where he mentioned that people from CGI Federal were in the house.
This government IT contractor from Canada, that was later fired by Ontario for shoddy health care management software. had a small DC area shop in 2008. They bulked up, hoping to get selected for national health insurance projects, donated heavily to the Obama 2008 campaign, and somehow got sole sourced for the OCare project. Computer Science Corporation, a legendary and fine IT firm, that I remember from the 1960s, would have done a great job building the products.
However, had Obama and company allowed for fair bidding, we might have good software.
So, in a perverse way, crony capitalism will be the downfall of Obamacare.
If the Slimes really cared they would be talking about the catastrophic and irreparable harm done to the most vulnerable in the country instead of about embarrassment. Embarrassment can be shrugged off. This incompetent, corrupt, and foolish administration has had plenty of practice. They have huge failures, the media calls it embarrassing, they move on to screw up the next thing. We have been stuck in a collapsing economy for 5 years and it´s all because of BO´s policies, yet the media just claims the occasional embarrassing flub.
This is just the sign up process and after HUNDREDS of MILLLIONS and years of effort it is a colossal failure. If they were building a moon rocket they would be lucky if it made it from DC to Marta´s Vineyard in one piece. Can you imagine the ongoing administration of this mess running any better?
How about anyone that voted for or pushed BOCare receiving NO further medical care paid by the government until they straighten out the mess? The doctor´s guideline of "First, do no harm." would have been something to consider. People are losing work hours, losing coverage of family, seeing policies cancelled or more than doubling in price, seeing deductibles skyrocket, seeing choices of doctors and hospitals severely curtailed, and in general being very uncertain of whether they can receive medical care and if they do whether it will be quality care and what it will cost them. The harm done is enormous.
"An army marches on its stomach." -Napoleon Bonaparte
The Emperor blows $500,000,000.00 on his catastrophic Obamacare rollout but troops in Afghanistan are now down to only two hot meals a day? Question...When do the pitch forks start flying out of barns all across the fruited plain?
The forged telepropmpter imposter puppet, who is half white, half arab, who is not even an eighth Afro American, is so filled with rage an vindictiveness, he has no citizen conscience whatsoever. He is an imposter with only a communist indoctrinated brain implant, who brings the ultimate disgrace to the office of the Presidency. His willing artificial presence is the most horrible crime in the history of this great country. He has been a massive distraction to the fawning, unquestioning NYSlimes press and Diane Sawyer TV commie media actors, and now it is time to look behind the curtain for the Wizard of Oz and find the few Jarets and Soros who are secretly guiding their robot puppet and America into Communist Gulag enslavement. Pull back the curtain: time to put the Wizards in the spotlight of truth and expose his Benghazi Presidency with Hillary.
Been Through this kind of IT debacle at a couple of companies. When the rollout is this bad at the start the system will never work. The only way to make it work is to start from scratch. It´ll be years in the making.
Fear not, all is going according to plan. Maybe ACORN will go door to door signing people up.
The problem is obvious ~ ObamaKKKare is not a good idea.
Most very large systems, e.g. USPS is a very large system, are built up a piece at a time over very long periods by millions of people.
When USPS was established the headquarters operation was abolished and replaced with a new headquarters operation with new people. It took a good 10 years for the new crew to figure out how to manage and improve an organization that ran on inertia for 10 years!
The basic rules were rewritten three times ~ each time by men and women who were fully experienced in every aspect of the business, had years of time spent in the business, and who were among the top dozen rule writers in Washington DC.
ObamaKKKare´s concept is that you can sweep aside a private sector system, or systems, and replace it with a complex structure ........ overnight and serve 300 million people.
The law and the rules for ObamaKKKare are extensive and complex and DISJOINTED and fail to reflect reality.
Reading the new exhortation by Pope Francis after the wildly misleading presentations of it by the Guardian and Reuters (both from the left side of the U.K. press), and reading it with an American ear for language, I was at first amazed at how partisan and empirically unfounded were five or six of its sentences. But reading the exhortation in full in its English translation, and reading it through the eyes of a professor-bishop-pope who grew up in Argentina, I began to have more sympathy for the phrases used by Pope Francis. For one thing, I have closely studied the
Actually, says Peter Schweizer, the number is zero, but he’s crediting O for having once met with Sebelius and a single other cabinet member. More than three and a half years ago. Remember, this is the same guy who said recently of the website, “We’re evaluating why it is exactly that I didn’t know soon enough that it wasn’t going to work the way it needed to.” A possible clue: [Snip] Schweizer wonders whether O and his deputies deliberately kept Sebelius away just in case the project went to hell, so that Obama could plead ignorance later as a defense to the charge of gross incomptence. That was my first hunch too,
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